Would you like to know where to find help for addictions? Addiction can take many forms, from food to cigarettes to alcohol and drugs, and even in the form of gambling (and that includes playing scratch cards). Often the roots are psychological, though most young people don’t smoke or drink. Society is changing.
Many people are addicted to ‘legal drugs’ like cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and prescription drugs. Others get addicted to heroin. Here are ideas to help:
- Read Kickass Recovery, a book by former addict Billy who asks you to meditate (even if you think it’s silly) and steer clear of those who rain on your parade.
- If you smoke, read Finally Free, an illustrated book using Allen Carr method (more results than animal-tested nicotine patches but the NHS won’t fund it). The idea is to get your mind back in the state, before you became a smoker. If you continue to smoke, Boodi is a personal ashtray to stop cigarette litter and wildfires.
- For drinking, see the post on how to help someone with alcohol addiction. You can see if you are drinking within limits at Alcohol Change unit calculator.
- If you are addicted to legal drugs like steroids or codeine (some babies are born addicted), talk to your doctor and read Natural Therapies for Overcoming Opioid Dependency (by the founder of a US drug addiction clinic). Catherine (an acupuncturist) helps wean people off safely, while managing withdrawal.
- If you are addicted to illegal drugs, get free help at FRANK and Narcotics Anonymous.
Should We Decriminalise Drugs?
Knee-jerk reactions do not help. Countries that decriminalised drugs (still illegal, but addicts get help) led to 50% reduction in conviction/imprisonment. Report discarded syringes online on public land (councils can download a brochure to prevent drugs litter).
Addiction to Gambling
Betting on horses and greyhounds often involves whipped animals living a miserable life. Instead, donate to overwhelmed charities that rehome greyhounds and racehorses (many are killed, after no longer racing). Avoid fruit machines and get free help at Gamblers Anonymous, GamAnon or self-refer to NHS Gambling Clinic. Also contact a debt charity.
You are more likely to be killed on your way to buy the lottery ticket, than to win it. This ‘stealth tax’ to let MPs off the hook has no support from the Quakers, who refuse lottery grants, on the basis that for someone to win, someone else (often poor and vulnerable) has to lose. Just donate to a small charity.
The lottery is a system for leveraging public good out of need, greed and hopelessness. Paul Bickley
These books to help someone with alcohol addiction, are ideal if you think someone you love has a problem (or it could be yourself). Alcohol addiction issues soared during the COVID-19 lockdowns, and there was a big problem beforehand. These books are non-preachy and offer a helping hand, either to help yourself or find professional help.
- Drink Less, Live More shows that less really is more, when it comes to alcohol. Drinking less means more energy, more focus and more money. It’s a huge step to better health, better moods and a better life. Whether you’re keen to cut down or give up completely, this pocket book has all the facts and ideas you need.
- How to Quit Alcohol in 50 Days is by certified alcohol coach Simon Chapple, who has helped thousands of people to quite drinking. This journey is split into 2 parts. Days 1 to 25 asks you to take an honest look at the impact alcohol is having on your life, examine the reasons for drinking and arm you with tools to give up. Days 26 to 50 takes you on the journey to give up, answering questions that come up along the way.
- The Alcohol Experiment offers you a 30-day experiment, to see how you feel by giving up drinking for 30 days. You can then choose to continue with no alcohol, or introduce it in smaller amounts.
- Love Yourself Sober is a book on alcohol-free living for busy mothers. This book looks at how a problematic relationship with alcohol can easily develop, particularly with time-poor mothers.
- Quit Like a Woman is an honest book by a woman who wanted to a way to recover from her addiction, but found that most professional help was geared towards helping men. Most women’s drinking problems service lunches, book clubs and weddings, and at home alone. Holly noticed that alcohol companies often target women in particular.